This topic last updated, June 25 - 2016
XD Falcon Scratch Build V2
-- About The XD Ford Falcon --
In 1979 Mad Max hit the screens in Australia featuring the now famous XB Falcon Coupe, and while that was happening Ford Australia was busy preparing the release of the 4th Generation of Falcon, Kicking off with the XD model. Designed by Wayne Draper it was the first model designed completely in Australia from a clean sheet, despite the European styling bearing a resemblance to the Granada, the cars shared no panels, parts or drive-train, with the Falcon being a much larger vehicle to suit Australian buyers taste and to accommodate the big straight 6's and V8's of previous models, the floorpan and suspension was also still based on the XC Falcon's.
-- March 1979, XD Falcon Number 1 rolls off the Broadmeadows Production Line
Initial designs from the mid 1970's for the XD Falcon originally were a mere restyle of the XC body, but as rumors of GM-H's plans to replace their big Kingswood with the smaller European Opel Commodore seemed to be more plausible with the fuel crisis beginning to show signs of buyers moving towards smaller more fuel efficient cars, Ford decided that it would go all in and gamble over $100 Million on making the XD a lighter more fuel efficient car while sticking to the classic Falcon formula of room to comfortably seat 5 and plenty of power.
The Ute & Van… That almost didn’t happen.
In the 70’s, Attending a series of project approvals meetings in Dearborn where Ford Australia was in danger of losing the XD Ute and Van. Detroit wanted full accounting costs and profits by model. The Australian’s knew the business case for the commercial models did not stand up to this scrutiny, and losing the commercials could jeopardise the whole XD program and the future of the Falcon. The meeting spent the whole first day analysing the Sedan and Wagon costs, then the meeting was adjourned to the following day to continue the review of the commercial models business case. The following day the Australian’s piled binders several feet high onto the table in front of the Executives as supporting documentation for the project. Eyeing off the piles of binders in front of them and wanting to keep the meeting brief, they signed off on the development of the whole XD Falcon program, not wishing to be sitting through what was looking like an extensive and long presentation, which was a relief for the Australian’s, had the Ford Executives bothered to open the binders and look through them they would have realised most of the binders on the table were Dearborn phone directories they re-covered to look like Ford Project Binders.
-- The Earliest XD designs date to a clay model from mid 1975 (Not Pictured)
-- Based on the XC Ute this model below is styled different on each side to compare ideas
-- Skipping ahead through a few other prototype designs we reach several that resemble the final production car
With the new XD came many firsts for the Falcon with lots of plastic used instead of metal to cut the weight down, including Bumpers, Grill, Front Spoiler and a world first for a mass produced vehicle, a Plastic Fuel Tank. All the weight savings on the XD saw a reduction of over 115Kg at release, which alone improved fuel economy by 10% over the XC, and that was before the new Alloy Head engines. In 1980 the new Aluminium head for the ageing 3.3L and 4.1L straight 6's was introduced which improved performance and economy, the switch to an aluminium cylinder head instead of the previous cast iron one also contributed to significant further weight savings. Along with the CrossFlow design, the Alloy Head was one of the biggest updates and improvements to the Falcon six since the first one left the Geelong Engine plant in 1960.
It turned out that Ford's gamble on the XD had paid off significantly with the Falcon being more fuel efficient and powerful than both the 4cyl and 6cyl Commodore variants, despite the Commodore being a smaller and lighter car, Holden did not update the previous Kingswood engines they carried over, thinking the lighter Commodore had already beaten the Falcon, with the fuel crisis beginning to ease buyers began to move back to full size cars like the Falcon and away from the Commodore. Even so, it was not until the 1982 XE Falcon update that Ford took over market share and became Number One.
Following the XE was the 1984 XF Update which was around for the Falcon celebrating two milestones in 1985, the first was the 1.5 Millionth Falcon built on February 19th, followed on June 28th by the 25th Anniversary since the First Falcon left the Broadmeadows Assembly Plant.
The XD was available with 4 engine choices and 4 transmission choices, across 4 body styles,
with Engines being, 3.3L (200ci) Straight 6, 4.1L (250ci) Straight 6, 4.9L (302ci) Cleveland V8 and 5.8L (351ci) Cleveland V8...
with Transmissions being, 3spd Manual Column, 4spd Manual Floor, 3spd Auto Column and 3spd Auto T-Bar...
with Body Styles being, Sedan, Wagon, Utility and Panel Van...
(Not Including the Fairlane and LTD long wheel base luxury Falcon models)
My XD Falcon Modeling
Originally this project started as a conversion of the San Andreas Admiral model into what looked similar to the XD Falcon, after a bit of time, I attempted to make my own XD from scratch and while it was not looking that bad, the accuracy of it was a bit hit and miss due to a lack of references, using a lot of polys when I did not need to and trying to rush the model so I could get it in game, I continued working with it on and off also doing updates to the Admiral based model so I still had something to play with in game, until, early in 2016 I decided to go out myself and collect my own references, I then started off small by making a better model of my own straight 6 engine to use in the Admiral Model and once I got a good start on that I was inspired enough to begin building the XD again from scratch.
Like the last scratch model I made, my intentions are to make an XD Sedan as perfect as I possibly can and then from there see how I feel about making a Wagon or a Ute, perhaps a Fairlane/LTD as they are all identical from the B Pillar forwards and its from the B Pillar back the body changes, I might make the XD Sedan and then only do restyles to make it also into an XE or XF model, I could also spec the Basic Falcon sedan model up to a Fairmont Ghia, I'm not really planning that far ahead yet as lets see if I finish the GL Sedan First.
This is one of the latest sets of renders from September 17, 2016. Its showing progress on the wagon and the properly made front end with no parts on this modeled borrowed from previous models of mine.
Here is some of the latest renders from June 24, 2016, it should be noted that this render is a mock up to the make the model look more complete than it is, the Roof, Front Bumper, Headlights, Indicator, Grill and Wheels are taken from other XD Models I have made and wont be carried over to this model.
From Page 4 Onwards this model is featured, any posts between the start and then may not be relevant to the new scratch model.
Below this point in the post is some of the older progress things from this topic hidden in this spoiler tag.
Note: All Previous modeling in this topic, being the Admiral model converted into a Falcon and my first attempt at a scratch for this car are contained in this spoiler tag below for those that are interested. The New Version (V3 / Scratch Build 2) Starts at Page 4 onwards.